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Council Names Open Space Panelists

Posted: February 14, 2008 2:09 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.
The Santa Clarita City Council appointed Wendy Langhans, Calvin Hedman, Henry Schultz, Alan Ferdman and Spencer Leafdale to the city's open space oversight panel Tuesday night.

The five citizens were all appointed to serve on the Financial Accountability and Audit Panel that will oversee the voter-approved Open Space Preservation District.
The district will use $30 million in assessment fees collected from property owners over the next 30 years to buy up undeveloped land in and around the city to preserve as open space.
The audit panel will meet annually to review the city's management of the open space funds. The panel will not be responsible for selecting the land, but will work to ensure that land priorities are adhered to.
Valencia resident Wendy Langhans, a former interpretive specialist with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, has said she wants to ensure that the land the city acquires will be ecologically significant.
Calvin Hedman, a Saugus resident, has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 25 years and said on his application that he wants serve on the committee to give back to his community.
Henry Schultz, chair of the local Sierra Club chapter, has been promoting open space for the Sierra Club since 1993. "This is what I do," Schultz said on his application.
Canyon Country resident Alan Ferdman has 30 years experience of auditing in the aerospace industry and said he wants to serve on the panel to "maintain public confidence in this important endeavor."
Spencer Leafdale, of Canyon Country, worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for 35 years and is "interested in ensuring that open space is perpetuated and sustained for years to come."
Four applicants were not chosen, including the open space district's lead critic Jim Farley. Former superintendent of schools for the William S. Hart Union High School District Robert C. Lee, Newhall resident Michael Hildebrand and Valencia resident Jeffrey Wokurka also were not chosen.
City staff anticipates scheduling the first Financial Accountability and Audit Panel meeting by the end of March.


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